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Aug 5, 2011 11:20 AM

a different cheesesteak question

Recently, we were going out for dinner with friends and we felt like having a cheesesteak.
But we had a problem.
We all knew where the best cheesesteaks are, but we also wanted a place where we could sit and be served - more like a regular restaurant. We ended up with decent cheesesteaks, but in a noisy place where the music was blaring and we couldn't talk.

Is there a casual but comfortable place where we could enjoy the sandwich but also feel like we were going out for dinner? Does it exist? Benches outside won't do it.

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  1. Where did you end up, out of curiosity?

    1. You don't say where you live near or where you'd be willing to travel to...
      You could go to La Forno in Media, or Mama's in Bala Cynwyd, or Via Roma in Eagleville.

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      1. re: cheesewit

        We live in center city but have car, will travel. Bala Cynwyd would be the closest.
        Mama's sounds good. Is there a long wait for a table on a weekend evening?
        We would usually be eating around 6 or 7 o'clock.

        1. re: sylviag

          There can be. And now that it won Best of Philly in this month's Philadelphia Magazine, it might get crazy.

      2. Mama's is nothing fancy- they have an upstairs room but you won't feel like you are going out to dinner. You'll feel like you are going out for cheesesteaks!

        I have had a decent cheesesteak at Jon's on South St. where you can have table service, drinks and outdoor seating weather permitting. That's where I'd go, even though I live in walking distance of Mama's!

        1. I had a cheesesteak at Oscar's on the 1500 block of Sansom last night, and it was very good. Chopped meat, good bread, well melted cheese. Reminded me of the steaks I would get from the pizza shop as a kid.

          It's a very casual bar atmosphere but not too loud and has friendly table service. Borderline dive because of the somewhat beat up interior. Cash only but very cheap--they were running a "cheesesteak and a half" special (three halves) for $6.75 or so. Even the regular size is a good deal at that price. Cheap beer too. We all got sandwiches and went through several pitchers of beer and ended up paying $15pp... not bad at all.

          Ask for American because apparently they default to mozzarella (?!). Not sure what other cheeses they have. The Italian sausage sandwich was really good too. I was actually really impressed with the quality of the bar food and especially the prices in this part of town.

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          1. re: barryg

            Huh, I guess I should look beyond the baskets and baskets of cheese fries I usually consume there. And, after reading sylviag's other reviews, I think she would find it more than a "borderline" dive. :) It's a dive. A good one at that.

          2. What about Tony Luke's? Good Cheesesteaks and indoor seating at their indoor Oregon Ave. location. On most weeknights, it's rather quiet, too.